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Throughout November, protesters held dozens of demonstrations worldwide at banks to demand they divest from the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Already, the largest bank in Norway, DNB, has been pressured to sell its assets in the companies behind the pipeline, and it’s considering whether to terminate three separate loans the bank has made to finance the project. Meanwhile, a new report has exposed the "Rickety Finances Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline." Published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and the Sightline Institute, it spotlights a potential economic weakness of the project: the January 1 deadline by which Energy Transfer Partners had promised oil companies it would have completed construction. Missing the January 1 deadline opens up the possibility the pipeline company may lose its contracts with oil companies. We speak with co-author Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at the Sightline Institute, and Michael Vendiola, member of the Swinomish Indian tribal community who helped organize a protest at Wells Fargo in solidarity with Standing Rock and with the Canadian First Nations resisting another major oil pipeline—the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project.
On Sunday, celebrations erupted at Standing Rock after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it had denied the Dakota Access pipeline company a permit to build the final segment of the $3.8 billion project and would study a possible reroute of the pipeline. But what alternative routes will be considered? What will the process of an environmental impact statement look like? Can this decision be reversed once President-elect Donald Trump takes office? And what’s next for the resistance movement? To answer some of those questions, we speak with Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. She is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation.
The announcement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it would deny a permit to Energy Party Transfers to drill under the Missouri River came as thousands of Native and non-Native military veterans descended on Standing Rock, vowing to form a human shield around the water protectors, who have faced an increasingly violent police crackdown. We are joined by Remy, a Navy veteran and member of the Navajo Nation.
In an historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River—officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, members of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the Americas and thousands of their non-Native allies—all concerned the pipeline’s construction will destroy sacred Sioux sites and that a pipeline leak could contaminate the Missouri River, which serves as a water supply for millions. We get reaction from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II.
- Army Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Company Permit —Halting Construction for Now
- Report: Trump-Taiwan Call Planned, Intentionally Provocative
- Trump Taps Fair Housing Critic Ben Carson to Head HUD
- Trump Broadens Search for Secretary of State
- Michigan Set to Begin Presidential Recount
- 33 Die in Massive Fire at Artist Collective in Oakland
- Fidel Castro's Ashes Interred Next to Cuban Independence Hero José Martí
- Green Party Takes Austrian Presidency, Defeating Far-Right Freedom Party
- Italy PM Announces Resignation After Referendum Rejected
- Louisiana Man Set Free After Fatally Shooting Ex-NFL Player in Road Rage Incident
- Jurors to Resume Deliberations in Michael Slager Trial
- 500 Immigrant Women & Children Released from Family Detention in Texas
- U.S. Priest Assassinated in Guatemala Declared a Martyr by the Vatican
- NC Man Arrested After Shooting at D.C. Restaurant at Center of Fake "Pizzagate" Story
- Trump Takes to Twitter to Criticize SNL's Portrayal of His Twitter Use
- Mike Pence's New Neighbors Greet Him with Rainbow-Colored Flags
Promises by President-elect Donald Trump to deport millions of immigrants have drawn new attention to whether they can be detained indefinitely as they fight their cases. Currently immigrants have no right to a bond hearing. This is different from U.S. citizens who face trial in criminal court and can have a judge examine their case and determine if they should remain in jail until it is resolved. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held a hearing on this issue in a case that could give immigrants the same right. We speak with Alina Das, a professor at the NYU School of Law, where she co-directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic, and with Hilarion Joseph, who was held for three years and two months in immigrant detention without a bond hearing when he faced deportation after his conviction for transporting weapons. He won his case and was released, and this year he became a U.S. citizen.
We look at two of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks: Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary and Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary. Mnuchin has deep ties on Wall Street, including working as a partner for Goldman Sachs, and his hedge fund played a role in the housing crisis after it scooped up the failing California bank IndyMac in 2008. Trump’s commerce secretary pick, Wilbur Ross, is a billionaire private equity investor who specializes in flipping bankrupt companies for profit, often buying the U.S. companies at low prices and then selling them to overseas investors. He and his companies have sometimes shipped jobs and factories overseas—practices Donald Trump has railed against. We are joined by David Dayen, whose recent article for The Nation is "Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin—Profiteers of the Great Foreclosure Machine—Go to Washington."
John McCain Tears into Reporters Who Exposed Deceptive Recruiting at For-Profit University of Phoenix
At an Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, Senator John McCain attacked reporting by our guest, Aaron Glantz, on the University of Phoenix’s deceptive recruiting practices that prompted the Pentagon to put the for-profit school on probation for deceptive recruiting practices. The move was welcomed by consumer advocates and veterans groups. We air an excerpt of the report for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and get Glantz’s response.
Exit polls show Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton two to one among veterans, and analysts say they may have delivered the presidency to Trump because of the high percentage of veterans in Wisconsin and Michigan. "He never made really explicit promises beyond the promise that if you could not get an appointment quickly from the [Veterans Administration], that you could go see a private doctor," says longtime veterans’ affairs reporter Aaron Glantz. "This has a lot of people worried that he will dismantle the VA system, which was built up over many generations, a national network of hospitals and many dedicated professionals who are real specialists in the needs of people wounded in war."
Expert on Trump Business Conflicts: "There are Hard Ethical Questions in Life. This Not One of Them"
Ethics experts say President-elect Donald Trump must divest from his businesses to avoid conflicts of interest. "There are hard ethical questions in life, and this is not one of them," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, who has written that "Trump’s Conflicts of Interest are Unprecedented in American History." Also with us in San Francisco is Aaron Glantz, senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where his latest investigation is headlined "Trump’s Indonesia hotel deals hint at his form of foreign relations."
President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his victory tour Thursday by touting his involvement in Carrier’s decision to keep some jobs in the U.S. instead of moving them all to Mexico. Carrier is a multibillion-dollar company, and the Pentagon is the largest customer of its parent company, United Technologies. Trump said the deal for Carrier to keep the jobs in state reportedly includes a $7 million incentive package with tax breaks and reduced regulations. Meanwhile, about 1,000 workers for the company in Indiana will reportedly still lose their jobs. We speak with Public Citizen’s president, Robert Weissman.
- Trump Picks Ex-General James Mattis for Defense Secretary
- At Rally in Cincinnati Trump Repeatedly Attacks Media
- Sanders: Trump Carrier Deal Sets Dangerous Precedent for All Workers
- Trump Considers Current & Former ExxonMobil CEOs for Secretary of State
- Trump Issues Support for $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline
- Minneapolis: Protesters Lock Down to Demand Wells Fargo Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline
- Canada: Mohawks Blockade Oil Freight Trains from Crossing Their Land
- Chippewas Sue Canadian Supreme Court over Enbridge Pipeline
- Students Hold 2nd Day of Action Demanding "Sanctuary Campuses"
- Pentagon Says Strike Killed 2 Dozen in Syria, But Groups Say Death Toll Much Higher
- French President Hollande Will Not Run Again in Next Year's Election
- U.N.: Burma Army May Be Committing Crimes Against Humanity Against Rohingyas
- Obama Admin Challenges Ruling Blocking Extended Overtime Bill
- Cuba Continues Nine Days of Mourning for Leader Fidel Castro
Donald Trump has tapped conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as education secretary. DeVos is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a longtime backer of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. In response, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said, "In nominating Devos Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America." Since 1970, the DeVos family has invested at least $200 million in various right-wing causes. DeVos’s father-in-law is the co-founder of Amway, and her brother is Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. For more, we speak to former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, Center for Media and Democracy Executive Director Lisa Graves, and elected member of the Detroit Board of Education Tawanna Simpson.
Amnesty International is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the violent police crackdown against Native American water protectors and their allies fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota. The call comes after Amnesty sent a delegation of human rights observers to witness the crackdown, which has included police using rubber bullets, tear gas, concussion grenades, sound cannons, water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, and other military-style weapons that have injured hundreds of people. We speak to Cornel West about why he is soon heading out to Standing Rock to show solidarity.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, people took to the streets Wednesday night to protest the announcement that police officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges for fatally shooting African-American father Keith Lamont Scott. We talk to Cornel West about the Keith Lamont Scott case and the national issue of police brutality.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory over Hillary Clinton, some progressives are now pushing a shake-up of the Democratic Party’s leadership in efforts to reform the party. But Cornel West says he doubts the Democratic Party can be reformed. During the Democratic primary, West endorsed Bernie Sanders. Sanders later picked him to serve on the Democratic platform committee. After Hillary Clinton won the nomination, West made headlines when he endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. For more, we speak with West about the Democratic Party and what organizing looks like in the wake of the election.
President-elect Donald Trump has announced a handful of new Cabinet picks with deep ties to Wall Street. On Tuesday, he named Steven Mnuchin to be treasury secretary. Mnuchin is a former executive for Goldman Sachs, where his father also worked. Mnuchin’s hedge fund also played a role in the housing crisis, after it scooped up the failing California bank IndyMac in 2008. Under Mnuchin’s ownership, IndyMac foreclosed on 36,000 families, particularly elderly residents trapped in reverse mortgages. Mnuchin was accused of running a "foreclosure machine." Trump has also picked billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross to be commerce secretary. Ross specializes in flipping bankrupt companies for profit, often buying the U.S. companies at low prices and then selling them to overseas investors. He and his companies have sometimes engaged in the very practices Donald Trump rails against: shipping jobs and factories overseas. For more on these picks, we speak with Cornel West, professor emeritus at Princeton University. During the Democratic primary he endorsed Bernie Sanders. After Hillary Clinton won the nomination, West made headlines when he endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
- 4 Arrested in Charlotte Protests After DA Says No Charges for Officer Who Killed Keith Lamont Scott
- Second National Day of Action for "Sanctuary Campus" Movement
- "Day of Jewish Resistance": 30 Cities Protest Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon
- Trump Heads to Indiana, Where He Claims to Have Saved 1,000 Jobs
- Nancy Pelosi Retains Position of House Democratic Leader
- Amnesty Demands Justice Dept. Probe Violent Police Crackdown at Standing Rock
- ND Approves $7M More to Police #NoDAPL & Threatens to Fine People Bringing Supplies to Camp
- Report: Obama's EPA Watered Down Key Study of Fracking and Water Contamination
- Colombian Congress Approves New Peace Deal with FARC Rebels
- Yemen: Number of Suspected Cholera Cases Increases Amid War
- Australia: Protesters Demand Gov't Close Island Refugee Camps
- Planned Parenthood Challenges Anti-Abortion Laws in AK, MO & NC
- Texas to Require Fetal Remains Be Buried or Cremated
- Nicaragua: Police Open Fire on Campesino Caravan en Route to Capital
- Bolivia: Thousands Protest Water Shortages as Some Flee to Peru in Search of Water
- Demonstrations Planned in Major Cities for World AIDS Day
"American Elections Will Be Hacked.’" That’s the title of a recent article in The New York Times by our next guest, the leading cybersecurity and privacy researcher Bruce Schneier. Schneier warns, "Our newly computerized voting systems are vulnerable to attack by both individual hackers and government-sponsored cyberwarriors. It is only a matter of time before such an attack happens." Schneier is a security technologist and fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and author of the book "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World."
Donald Trump also sparked controversy on Tuesday when he made two unconstitutional proposals in a single tweet, writing, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag–if they do, there must be consequences–perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" The Supreme Court has ruled twice that flag burning is protected under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has also ruled it’s unconstitutional to strip people of citizenship for most crimes, including desertion. We speak to Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, who once clerked for Antonin Scalia.